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How Restaurants Around the Bay Area Are Responding to California Wildfires

Local businesses are stepping up with fundraising dinners, donation drop-offs and more
October 10, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

The wildfires burning over 160,000 acres have impacted thousands of lives across Northern California. With some of the largest fires taking place in the heart of Napa and Sonoma county's celebrated wine regions, the food and beverage community has been hit hard. Santa Rosa's beloved Willi's Wine Bar has burned down. We're seeing reports of more than a dozen vineyards and wineries lost. The impact on the region's dairies, farms, ranches and other food providers is still being assessed. Additionally, many industry workers have lost their homes; those working shifts during mandatory evacuations were unable to salvage their belongings.

How can we as a community help? Restaurants and bars around the Bay Area are accepting donations and holding fundraisers for fire victims. Here is a rolling list of regional restaurants providing relief.

Note: We will update this post as we learn more.

Donation drop-offs 

The Alembic is accepting food, pet food (domestic and livestock), clothing, medical supplies and blanket donations daily from noon until closing time. The restaurant's chef (and Santa Rosa native) Rachel Aronow will transport the donations this weekend to the affected areas. Tragically, the Santa Rosa farm (where Aronow grew up) and the 70 horses residing there were lost to the Tubbs Fire.

Liholiho Yacht Club is collecting donations until Friday at 11 AM and will personally deliver them to direct contacts on the ground. You can drop off donations anytime after 10 AM — if prior to business hours, ring the yellow buzzer. For more details of what's needed, check out the Instagram post.

Fort Point Beer Co. is collecting donations at the brewery through Monday, October 16 from 6 AM to 8 PM.

The STUD will be receiving supplies for the North Bay every day until further notice. (It's also collecting large luggage for Puerto Rico.) Check the Facebook page for specific needs and the latest updates.

 The Good Hop in Oakland is accepting donations to bring to North Bay shelters.  

Sweet Bar Bakery in Oakland has donation boxes marked for distribution at the Marin Civic Center.

The Morris is collecting aid donations Thursday, October 12 through Saturday, October 14 from 1–4 PM. Items will be delivered to shelters on Monday, October 16.

Businesses raising funds

The Barrel Room and its sister restaurant in the Marina, Parigo, are sending 30% of proceeds from select dishes to fire victims.  

Almanac Beer Taproom is donating $1 for every draft beer sold to The Redwood Community Fund. It is also collecting donations at its 24th Street taproom.

St. George Spirits in Alameda will donate all tour and tasting proceeds through Sunday to the Redwood Empire Food Bank and the Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund. It will also make a matching contribution: $30 per tasting and $40 per tour will go toward relief efforts.

Fifty percent of all dinner sales at Le P'tit Laurent and Chez Marius will be donated to the Red Cross.

The Burritt Room + Tavern in Union Square will donate part of the proceeds from Sunday's Singular Barrels event to fire relief efforts.

Off the Grid has set up a donation page and is rallying its patrons and food vendors to pitch in to aid fire victims. In addition, the city of Santa Clara has requested the help of food trucks and mobile food vendors from around the Bay Area. If you can be of assistance, please contact the city's EOC at 707-543-4273.

Oakland's Hopscotch is partnering with BRUXO Mezcal on Monday, October 16 and Tuesday, October 17 to provide relief for North Bay fire victims and victims of the recent hurricanes. Proceeds from all mezcal flights on those two evenings will go to the United Way's wildfire funds.

The Mauna Loa Club in the Marina will hold a fundraiser all weekend long (Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22) with drink specials, a raffle and a silent auction. The bar staff will donate all tips over the weekend, as well. Proceeds will be split amongst a few fire relief charities. There will also be donation boxes set up at the bar for the next few weeks. If you would like to donate to the silent auction or to the fundraiser, but are unable to attend, please contact cynag3@gmail.com.

In the week prior to Thanksgiving (Monday, November 13 to Sunday, November 19), 100 SF restaurants, bakeries and delis, coordinated by the GGRA and other industry partners, are coming together for Chefsgiving. The idea is for a series of fundraiser meals and menu items around $100 x 100 guests x 100 restaurants for a goal of $1,000,000 to benefit fire victims and show the Bay Area restaurant community's support. Proceeds from the meals will be split between Restaurants Care and Tipping Point North Bay Relief Fire Fund. There will also be a ChefsGiving Gala held at the Ferry Building on Sunday, November 19.

Hakkasan near Union Square has three specials on the menu being offered until Sunday, November 26, with 15% of proceeds from each going to Redwood Credit Union North Bay Fire Relief and Farmer's Guild. The selected items are the Chinese Mule cocktail, crispy prawn dumpling with plum sauce, and green tea and apple choux bun dessert.

All Bay Area Blue Bottle cafes will donate $1 from every New Orleans Iced Coffee purchase between Friday, October 13 and Sunday, October 15 to the Redwood Credit Union Community Fund.

A portion of the proceeds from the San Francisco Brewing Co.'s Oktoberfest at their Ghirardelli Square beer garden on Saturday, October 14 will go to the Redwood Union Community Fund for fire victims.

Starting Monday, October 16 and running for the entire week, EPIC Steak will donate $1 per steak ordered and Waterbar will donate $1 per fish ordered to the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund. Plans also call for a special charity cocktail to benefit fire victims.

Agave Uptown in Oakland will donate 10% of all proceeds between Monday, October 16 and Sunday, October 22 to fire relief efforts.

Gather in Berkeley will donate 50% of all wine sales on its next two Wine Wednesdays (October 18 and October 25) to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund. In addition, 5% of all wine on tap purchases through the end of October will be donated.

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